Monday Miscellany

by M.D. Creekmore on January 27, 2014 · 59 comments

Spreading the news one blog post at a time!

Spreading the news one blog post at a time!

HSBC Limiting Large Cash Withdrawals By Customers : “If you want to withdraw large amounts of cash from HSBC, you better be prepared to provide evidence as to why you need the money.”

How’s that hope and change working out – THE NEW FACE OF FOOD STAMPS: WORKING-AGE AMERICANS : “In a first, working-age people now make up the majority in U.S. households that rely on food stamps – a switch from a few years ago, when children and the elderly were the main recipients.”

Food stamp president: Enrollment up 70 percent under Obama : “Enrollment in the food stamp program — officially the Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program — has soared by 70 percent in the years since President Obama first took office.

White House warns Obama will go around Congress : Absent legislative action, the White House is telling lawmakers that the president is ready to take unilateral action to close the gap between rich and poor Americans (take from those that work and succeed and give to those who refuse to work hard and make it on their own). The president is also looking at executive orders that can be enacted without Congress’ approval.”

Is Barack Obama an imperial president? : “During the 2008 campaign, he accused President George W. Bush of regularly circumventing Congress. Yet as president, Obama has grown increasingly bold in his own use of executive action.”

Homeland Security Secretary: Illegals Have ‘Earned Right to be Citizens’ : “Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson said the approximately 11 million people who are in the country illegally have “earned the right to be citizens.” How’s that by breaking the law and being here illegally? Looks like a good start.

The Outstanding Public Debt as of 27 Jan 2014 $17,270,550,862,581.00 : “The estimated population of the United States is 317,523,268 so each citizen’s “share” of this debt is $54,391.45. The National Debt has continued to increase an average of $2.49 billion per day since September 30, 2012!”


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Nebraska Woman January 27, 2014 at 9:14 am

I did watch some TV news talk shows yesterday while the winds blistered my garage roof. All these topics except the first were covered. I am tired of these career politicians and their cockiness on both sides. I am tired of the same old questions and the same old answers. I have decided that all I can do is be the best person I can be and set things right with the Lord. I am officially throwing in the towel (saw Grudge Match with DeNiro and Stallone…pretty good flick about boxing hence the term with the towel). So what can we do?
Contact with congress people doesn’t work.
Voting is so crooked and no one in power cares.
God is in control and He will take care of us (and He was the one who lead me to prep).
Sorry to be so negative on a Monday morning, but there I am.

Penrod, those waves in Hawaii look soooo big…hope you are on high ground!

Terrible shortage of propane here. I heard they are going to ration it. I am thankful I have other ways to heat the house.

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Hunker-Down January 27, 2014 at 9:56 am

Nebraska Woman,

You said, “Voting is so crooked and no one in power cares”.
I have come to believe the politicians DO CARE. They need the system to stay broken so they can manipulate it.
I will continue to vote, but cant overcome the corruption.

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worrisome January 27, 2014 at 10:18 am

Agreed Neb. Woman, agreed. Glad you have other ways to stay warm.

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Nebraska Woman January 27, 2014 at 10:42 am

When is the big date? We expect a post!

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worrisome January 27, 2014 at 10:56 am

The date already happened. It was a nice night out, he is a nice guy. It is doubtful that it is going anywhere. It was a big first for me after being married forever. My husband was a high achiever and a thoughtful and caring mate, he is a hard act to follow. Yes, I know, I know……..being open minded is important. It is going to take a while I think to get there.

We didn’t get anywhere near the subjects of prepping, politics and such. We both agreed that Mike Thompson’s meeting (which Mike missed) had some interesting “glossing” over of any uncomfortable of facts.

Other than that, not much to report. Dinner was good, wine was good, evening was comfortable, friendly, and I was home by 11…………:) :) :)

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WYO Ryder January 27, 2014 at 11:38 am

Good for you Worrisome! That first date is the ‘hardest’. May God find you that perfect friend:-)

NE Woman -
I am RIGHT there with you. The reality of Fukushima was my final straw last week. Towel thrown in but its all good because I have given my worries over to God and am able to focus the goodness He gives. Keep your chin up! :-)

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Frugalmom3 January 27, 2014 at 11:03 am

I feel the same way you do. All we can do is trust in a sovereign Lord. Our family strives to love our neighbor, act justly, love mercy and walk humbly. I would be lying if I said I am optimistic about the future of our country because I feel we are past hope. All we can do at this point is look after each other’s best interest since Washington sure as hell doesn’t.

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seeuncourt January 27, 2014 at 2:17 pm

General George S. Patton once said, “Prepare for the unknown by studying how others in the past
have coped with the unforeseeable and the unpredictable.”

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Texanadian January 27, 2014 at 8:50 pm

That is a great quote +100

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OhioPrepper January 28, 2014 at 10:25 am

The propane shortage is why I keep several thousand gallons on hand. At this point, even with the extreme cold, we’ve only used the bulk of the first tank so we should be good until the next summer fill, by which time we should have recovered and be seeing propane prices back to near normal.

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Brenda January 27, 2014 at 9:22 am

#1. I would not like for my bank to want to know why I was drawing money out of my account but on the other hand your hear so much about people being swindled out of their savings that I can understand a bank wanting to make sure that is not happening to their customer.

On the records set on Obama’s Watch: Finally some accurate numbers. I only work about 4 months out of the year. I quit trying to get a job back in 2011. Which is when I decided to try to become as self-sufficient as possible.

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Hunker-Down January 27, 2014 at 10:39 am

“HSBC limiting cash”. As I understand it, the law has changed such that any money deposited in a bank belongs to the bank. It’s not ours. The bank can legally use it to pay off creditors and we get what’s left, if any. So, if it is ‘their money’ they have the obligation to themselves to ask why we would want it back.

“Food Stamps”; That and obummerphones and false Medicaid approvals and homeless used to vote in a dozen primaries on the same day, and illegals getting the vote and forever unemployment benefits will keep the donkeys in power.

“Obama will go around Congress.
1). Why not? Congress is too dysfunctional to read the bills they pass.
2). That makes us a banana republic.
3). TDL is an imperial president.

“Records Set on Obummers Watch”: How many situations in the 1930′s depression are missing from that list? Carl Rove, on Fox news this morning was whining about those issues, all the while referring to the status as a weak “recovery”. What politically correct bull.
He and John Boehner, and John McCain and the usual donkey gang need to be deported.

Off topic; The governor of Wisconsin has declared a state of emergency regarding our propane situation. Our neighborhood is forecasted to have below zero temperatures for a period of 47 continuous hours. Tomorrow morning the wind chill is forecasted to be 47 below zero.
Please pray for the victims of this disaster.

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Hunker-Down January 27, 2014 at 10:45 am

Due to the weather, the doctors office has rescheduled tomorrows appointment into next month.

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unknown suspect January 27, 2014 at 3:52 pm

Funny when it hits -47F in Alaska, nobody cares. It’s Alaska. When it gets that cold down there, you guys whine about it. Man up and dress warm.

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Hunker-Down January 27, 2014 at 3:57 pm

In case you missed it; families are out of heating fuel and cant get more.

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Frugalmom3 January 27, 2014 at 5:22 pm

Hunker- you guys will definitely be in our prayers. We are in Ohio and tonight our temps will be -25F (windchill) , -10F actual. Since we live in the country it will likely be colder. We also have neighbors and friends who heat with propane and they are experiencing shortages here as well. Keep warm, light your Coleman lamps and play a game of Yahtzee while drinking hot cocoa! That’s what we will be doing!

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Hunker-Down January 27, 2014 at 10:41 pm

:-) We need to get more cocoa into our long term storage.

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unknown suspect January 28, 2014 at 10:49 am

In case you missed it- Nobody cared about well insulated houses until it’s colder than a witches tit. 2X6 or even 2X8 wall construction with quality insulation makes a difference. With the extra insulation, very cool in the summers and warm in the winters. Replacing old crappy windows with double paned glass helps. That 30 year old furnace? Upgrade and cut down the amount of fuel used. How about alternative heating? Wood or coal stove? LPG? (LPG never goes bad) Did you store enough for a extended period of time?

I read in here how much rice you bagged up for the week, and what you canned, or what you bagged and sealed for a “rainy day”. What I’m not reading is what did you folks do to improve your “bug in” location. It would kind of suck if you didn’t bother to check the roof, only to find out right in the middle of a SHTF situation that it needs replacing because it’s suddenly leaking like a sieve. What did you do last summer to seal the exterior? How many tubes of caulking or cans of spray foam did you use? Or what’s best on defending the home? Did you bother to measure the ground floor windows and cut pieces of 3/4″ plywood to be ready to cover those potential entry points? I can tell a boat load of people here never bothered to measure known distances from a vantage point in the house to say- the mail box, the tree in the back yard, the fence. Do you have interlocking fields of fire? What blind spots do you have and how to rectify and deny potential home invaders those advantages?

But back to the post… I guess those families did not prepare. Expect the unexpected. Be prepared. Isn’t that the boyscout motto? Those folks that ran out of fuel- they will be the first banging on your door when just-in-time-logistics fails and is no more. You might want to think about those ground floor windows…

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Draq wraith January 28, 2014 at 2:08 am

Hate to ask can you recommend good boots that Alaskans use for this cold that are comfortable?
Freezing my toes lots in any boot I have worn this year.

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unknown suspect January 28, 2014 at 10:57 am

White Vapor Barrier (VB) boots. They’re super warm (too warm sometimes), if you fall into a creek and fill them, your body heat will warm the water and your feet will not freeze. I like Sorels, but once they’re wet, your feet will freeze. On the flip side- you have to take better care of your feet when wearing VB boots. Changing socks and lots of foot powder helps because your feet will sweat in them. The valves on the sides- keep them closed unless you’re flying or jumping out of airplanes.

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oldguy52 January 29, 2014 at 12:25 am

Wiggy’s makes some pretty serious cold weather gear.

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Draq wraith January 30, 2014 at 5:59 pm

Thanks all

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Cavtrooper January 31, 2014 at 11:56 pm

What’s the deal with propane? I haven’t seen the prices jump here in Texas.

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worrisome January 27, 2014 at 10:47 am

Article out of the LA Times on the flu in California. I can say that Cedars is not the only hospital requiring masks when visiting someone in the hospital. Stanford Medical Center and one of our local hospitals is also doing it. However, here in our local counties…….the flu seems to have peaked..,0,484167.story#axzz2rc8iSp7B

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Nebraska Woman January 27, 2014 at 2:57 pm

My 89 year old neighbor was just hospitalized, and she and the family both requested no visitors. I called her, but I would not want to put myself anywhere near a hospital.

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JP in MT January 27, 2014 at 11:10 am

#1. I used to have money in HSBC, but l pulled it when it when they first started having problems.

I did have something similar happen a couple months ago. I had refinanced my car and took the check to my credit union for deposit. The young clerk looked up at me, and obviously not happily asked “what are you planning to do with this money?” At first I got mad, really quickly. I just as quickly realized she had been told to ask. But it had to do with cash in return. I told her that it was a refinance check and was I was paying off my VISA with them, then some other bills, and I didn’t think they would have an issue with the $179 (out of $17,000) that would be left if I needed cash.

Being a regular there, I could tell that she was glad I didn’t take it out on her, and that she now had a very simple answer to pass up to the bosses.

I didn’t teach me that there are many times that the person you have to deal with in the bank had no part in the decision to ask you personal questions about your money, in fact may strongly disagree with having to ask. But like many of us, they need their job. Right then I decided that if the bank starts asking questions I don’t like I ask to see the branch manager behind a closed door. They get paid to take my verbal wrath.

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The Cat January 27, 2014 at 11:25 am

#1 has really given me the jitters. Here in the UK we’ve also had a major bank be unable to process card transactions or cash withdrawals for a few hours this week. Now I know it’s only a few hours, but if you need to fuel your car to get home, it’s a big deal. Going to make a determined effort to keep the car at least half full and make sure I’ve always got some cash on hand.

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PGCPrepper January 27, 2014 at 4:56 pm

I always try to keep the auto/truck off the “e.” Might need the gas for a pre-emptive haul butt to Kentucky if I can precede the so-called golden horde if my antenna is adjusted properly. My brother just bought a five acre farmhouse with a water source out back that happened to have an extra trailer on it. :-)

I would be of mutual benefit as he is not a prep person and he likes Hillary. <don't no the HTML for that one.

Brothers ≠ like minds but he be God fearing and a good soul; just a bit misguided IMO.

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Penrod January 27, 2014 at 9:32 pm

You’re right, Cat, that extra cash is key. My swap meet addiction keeps an unusual amount of cash in my wallet, but I still keep $40 tucked separately behind my driver’s license for emergencies, and some more in my Get Home Bag.

I also keep a spare car key in my wallet- locking myself out once was a good lesson. I don’t want to repeat the experience tho, and I would have without the spare.

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Cavtrooper February 1, 2014 at 12:01 am

Have you run into swap meet vendors that are taking bitcoin, silver or any other form of payment besides cash?

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axelsteve January 27, 2014 at 11:26 am

If I am ever asked for the purpose of my withdraw of my money. I will say that I am going to start up a medical marijuana operation and a gay wedding chapel. They will probably ask me about a buisness loan.

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mom of three January 27, 2014 at 12:00 pm

Ha ha ha ! Good one and the banks, would give you a loan..

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George January 27, 2014 at 7:57 pm

My standard answer would be what my dad a U.S. Navy veteran would have said “Beer and Hookers”!!!

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rjarena January 27, 2014 at 1:03 pm

1# Before you know it, all of our rights will be gone. It is not to protect any bank customer, it is to control you. they will use a lot of excuses, to control fraud, money laundering, terrorist tracking,etc, but it is all about control. The food stamp President wants support of the masses, so this is one one hand a bribe, and on the other again control. Because those who start using the EBT program will find it very hard to get off of(if they even want to), and a corrupt administration can use it as a weapon, threaten to vote against their programs and they can cut it off. Make any public noise and they will send the IRS dogs on you.
again newspeak in action, saying the undocumented are in essence citizens, soon will make it so. They are now pushing to legally give illegals driver licenses(they have been getting them by cheating with false documents before), And all of this to get votes.
This imperial president makes what tricky Dick did look like child’s play. Look how they destroyed each Republican candidate prior to last election, one by one they were mercilessly attacked, until the only one standing was Romney, who they knew was to nice and decent to play dirty like them. and now they are doing it to Christie. I don’t care if you like Christie or not, for this argument it does not matter, Hillary fears him as a challenger that can take the middle independents, so the attack dogs are unleashed, and they will keep it up until he is no longer able to run. I feel this is the greatest threat to our country and will cause the TEOTWAWKI.
i wish I could say that I feel better getting that all out, but I don’t.

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worrisome January 27, 2014 at 3:16 pm

I think it is about fractional banking practices and derivatives frankly………there is no money to pay us out in large sums. And yes it IS about control, because they want no one to panic or think about what a mess it all is.

And you are right about the destruction they are willing to rain down on anyone, candidate or anybody else willing to try to stand up to them…………

I don’t feel “better” either……….But my faith in God is strong, and when I take my worrisome nature to the lengths I take it to, I am beginning to draw breath and remember, God is with us.

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PGCPrepper January 27, 2014 at 4:29 pm

So sorry, my post below should have been a reply to Worrisome. I wish we had an edit/delete function. I seldom proof and I was doing two other things simultani, errr, simult, err, at the same time.

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George January 28, 2014 at 11:54 am

I think your right , it is all “digital” money on the balance sheets. I think the reserve only requires banks to hold something like 2-3% in actual money for deposits held. If people panic like in 1929 the term bank run would have a new meaning.

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PGCPrepper January 27, 2014 at 4:24 pm

But my faith in God is strong, and when I take my worrisome nature to the lengths I take it to, I am beginning to draw breath and remember, God is with us

No better time to hold on to that faith with all your might. I just saw a You Tube vid that showed the Grammy performances of Katy Perry burning at the stake, Madonna dressed as a which and Beyonce getting her Miley twerk on in a thong…all during prime time…along with gay marriages. We are so lost.

Google grammy, illuminati, satanic if you want. I couldn’t watch it all and would never watch the Grammys anywho. Vomit.

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PGCPrepper January 27, 2014 at 4:42 pm

Witch, which. Tomayto, tomahto. Ha.

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Frugalmom3 January 27, 2014 at 5:25 pm

Yes, I agree! Hold tightly to your faith in Christ! I can’t even stomach the thought of what the Grammys looked like let alone watch it. But then again right is wrong and evil is good now.

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S'wt Tater January 28, 2014 at 9:45 am

YOu mean those nasty things ee on again?

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riverrider January 27, 2014 at 7:00 pm

#1) chinese banks started doing the same thing last week and ordered no large money transfers out of the country.
imperial president? no. racist dictator.

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seeuncourt January 27, 2014 at 7:01 pm

the DD was bitten by a brown recluse spider. After treatment from that, she has MRSA, and is now on HEAVY antibiotics. Does anyone know what herbs or other would treat the actual infection sites? She has sores on her chin, neck, and abdomen.

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Old USAF Nurse January 27, 2014 at 7:23 pm

Look into silver solutions or gel as an adjunct to the pharmaceuticals. There is a lot of info on the net and several good products. Walgreens around here has carried silver gel. It can’t harm and may be surprisingly beneficial.

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seeuncourt January 27, 2014 at 9:34 pm

Thank you! I appreciate your assistance.

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Nebraska Woman January 27, 2014 at 10:02 pm

You can also get sprayable silver at a health food store. Prayers for her are being sent up.

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Bam Bam January 27, 2014 at 11:41 pm


Look into Amish Black Drawing Salve. My dh’s son got a very long splinter in his thigh and let it go for a couple of days. We I mailed him out some of this. He went to the doctor today and the doctor told him to keep using the drawing salve.

Here’s what to do: Take a long bath in epson salt. This will soften the area. Then place a liberal amount of the drawing salve over the wounds. You want the salve to draw out the poison. Cover with a Bandage. When you wash the next morning, you will see a puddle of poison and lymph.

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B January 28, 2014 at 1:46 am

Bam Bam (and others), what do you think of thieves oil in the prevention of illness/flu?

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seeuncourt January 28, 2014 at 10:29 am

Bam Bam,

I will do this for her! Also, we have some of the spray silver solution, so will have her start using that too. She is supposed to wash with hibiclens for 2 weeks (expensive!) and she is fair and a toehead….so her poor skin. She has had strep, her tonsils out, bronchitis, and pneumonia in the past 4 months…now the boils from MRSA. I am terrified.

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New Hampshah January 30, 2014 at 5:18 pm

You can get hibiclens on amazon for what I believe to be the best price.

After a friend got bitten by an unknown spider..(but it took months to clear up) I researched a bit, and activated charcoal is supposed to help..both topically and in the capsules….you can buy it ‘most anywhere. (and can’t hurt you to take it)

The other thing I read about and tried myself was a UV penlight. (You can get them in the hardware store, for finding leaks in air conditioners) Supposedly the UV doesn’t kill the staph, but it does sterilize it, and by playing the light (while taking care to wear the protective glasses that come with it) over the area for a couple minutes, 2 or 3 times a day…can help keep the bacteria’s numbers at a level where the body can deal….

I tried it myself on a deep skin infection that kept almost clearing up then coming back….(playing hide and seek with it for months like that)….and the UV light did work…healed over smooth and shiny with no reappearance for ages now.

So it might help….just be careful not to shine the light in your eyes.

Good luck and hope things get better!

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nick flandrey January 28, 2014 at 2:52 pm

Anyone else click on the 37 Critical food items graphic?

MD was this an intentional link or an ad? It fooled me ’cause it wasn’t in the sidebar.

In any case it is a LONG pointless ad for the purchase of a list. the video player doesn’t have any controls- like to skip ahead. It doesn’t actually say anything we don’t already know, and he will graciously give you his ‘secrt inside info” for a small fee.

Total waste or your life….

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nick flandrey January 28, 2014 at 8:23 pm

Sorry for the tone of this comment. I’m out of sorts today and I don’t know why.

I was disappointed that I didn’t recognize that it was an ad, and frustrated that I watched most of it.

So my apologies to the group.


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tommy2rs January 28, 2014 at 3:11 pm

If you want some reading material to get you through the lousy winter weather (I really hate snow) I ran across a post about the Ashbrook Center’s 50 Core American Documents: Required Reading for Students, Teachers, and Citizens. They are available on the Center’s website. Links in the article.

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Frugalmom3 January 28, 2014 at 8:37 pm

Awesome- thanks for the material. I am downloading it to my iBooks now!

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nick flandrey January 28, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Hey guys, thought I’d throw this out there.

Anyone else having a bunch of Duracell AA batteries puff up and leak? I’ve been going thru flashlights lately and tonight found 3 with dead leaking AA’s tonight. The expiration is in ’16 and the lights have been sitting on a shelf indoors.

I have found a ton of bad batts lately in the kids toys, flashlights, etc.

I’ve always used Duracell professionally, and personally, but this is nuts. I’m trying the costco brand. Given the high cost for Duracell, I am surprised and disappointed at all the failures I’ve found recently.


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Happy Camper January 28, 2014 at 11:55 pm

We have been interrogated many times with cash deposits and withdrawals in Oz. Last year we sold a car for 12k in cash then deposited the money (had to show source) then about two months later got 34k out in cash and had to show evidence we were buying a fishing boat.
The bank teller explained that it was due to anti terrorist laws.
I’ve also had to explain why I wanted 5k in cash…
Very pleased to say I no longer have any cash in the bank. It’s all invested into a fishing business for my son.
I find cash too stressful.

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Tracker January 29, 2014 at 12:19 am

Today Tuesday Jan 28 approximately 1:15 pm PST I saw something that many be of concern to those Pack Members in the SoCal area. Saw 4 uniformed motorcycle cops riding together in my area. Nothing unusual about that since motor officers train in my vicinity. Until I noticed that not only were their uniforms, helmets and bikes all completely unmarked but in place of the standard left side equipment bags they were each carrying M4 weapon systems. Folks, these were not traffic cops. Had all the appearances of an assault team. Just wanted to let you know.

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worrisome January 29, 2014 at 1:05 am

Any bank transfer n sanctions of $10,000 or more have to be reported…for income tax reqs and for drug enforcement.

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Audrey Flaherty April 11, 2014 at 11:26 am

Both tonsillectomy and adenoidectomy are performed under general anaesthetic (the patient is asleep). The tonsils and/or the adenoid are removed through the mouth and there will not be any cuts on the outside of the face or the throat at all.

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